Who Is This Jesus

Who is This KingRecently I was flipping through the channels on my TV looking for something interesting to watch when I came across someone explaining to someone about Christmas.  She made the comment: “Oh yeah, and we celebrate a baby who was born 2,000 years ago”, she said it with a laugh and in such a way as you could tell it did not make sense to her.

This got me to thinking about how people look at that baby whose birth we celebrate.  There are many who probably hear the Christmas carols and have no idea what they mean.  To them perhaps it is like singing a song about some one they know simply as a historical figure.  To many, Jesus as the Song of God is not real to them. Continue reading

A Hock’s View From A Camper

  
STEPPING OFF THE CLIFF!

Life is a journey down roads that are familiar and roads you have never traveled before.  Those roads and paths can make you wonder where in the world you are going and where you will end up at.   I feel like I have been on that kind of journey this year.

As you know, we sold our house in April of this year, bought a 30 foot camper with two slide outs, parked it at our daughter and son-in-law’s house and took up residence. What a journey this has been. Going from a large house to a small combined space has been like jumping off a cliff for me.

Not long ago I had a dream that has really stuck with me.  I was on a path, walking along peacefully, enjoying the beauty of nature around me.  All of a sudden I came to a huge cliff.  I could not see anything in front of me but open air and fog. It looked to me like there was no way forward, so I kept looking over my shoulder at where I had come from, trying to decide if I should just go back.

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A Hawk’s (Hock’s) View

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A bird such as an eagle or a hawk has such a different view than we as humans have. This Hock has had a pretty amazing physical view for the past 10 years but that view is about to change.

Sometimes we get so used to, so comfortable, I would even say so amazed with the view around us that we can’t see beyond that view. I have realized something pretty important concerning my own view.

After 10 years at this house that we have made a home, here on Hoot Owl Road, with the most amazing views – God is moving us on and in ways I would NEVER have imagined. Just a side note here; isn’t the name of our road pretty cool, kind of goes along with our name, the Hocks (pronounced like Hawk) who live on Hoot Owl Road. I have loved people’s reaction to that. But God is wanting these Hocks to have a different view and even embrace a different name as our residence.

We have been impressed to make some changes to get out of debt which will in turn allow my husband to make some changes with his job. We also felt that to move on into the things we know God has for our future, that getting out of debt was something that was going to be very important. For some time now Maynard and I have talked about selling our house but I just could not let go of this house, for a number of reasons which perhaps I will share about in the future. God’s work in us and our lives is amazing and so is His timing! Some things have been happening in the past months that have brought us closer to this time of changing views. Continue reading

Breaking out of my prison called shame.

BREAKING OUT OF MY PRISON CALLED SHAME!
http://www.clker.com/cliparts/9/3/1/b/1206578721112928526johnny_automatic_vacant_prison_cell.svg.med.pngFor many years I lived in a prison called shame. Because of the abuse of my childhood, shame was a place I learned to live and grow used to. The bars of this place held me captive and kept me bound. I ate, slept, and became isolated in my prison cell of shame. It was a garment I wore well. I learned how to survive, but not how to live. Staying in my little cell of distrust, fear and wearing my “everything’s okay” mask, not letting anyone get too close, made me feel a bit safer. Shame is a prison that keeps you locked away from the person God created you to be and from fulfilling the destiny He has for you. God wants to blast open those prison doors and set you free! He has done that in my life and here is the key I found that released me from that prison of shame I lived in.

 

HIS LOVE!!

That’s right folks. While I had heard, from the time I was a little girl, that God loved me, I never really believed it. You see, the key to my prison door had already been used to unlock that door and set me free from my prison, but I didn’t know it. I did not know I could walk out of my prison of shame. God had already given me His unconditional love, but I didn’t believe it. I may have known it with a head knowledge, but that was as deep as it went. I did not have a real revelation of it, one that would make me truly believe it. I couldn’t see His unconditional love for me past the shame and so was unable to open the door and get out of my prison.
About 15 years ago, I started hearing more teaching on God’s love for me. I started to realize that there was something about really understanding God’s love for me — that if I could see it and know it – His love could really change my life. I began to ask God to help me see myself as He did, to show me how much He loved me. I began looking up every scripture I could find on how God the Father sees me and what He says about me. WOW! What a change started to happen. The more I began to understand that God did not base how much He loved me — by how good I was, how much I did to try to make myself better, on anything I could do to seem more acceptable — the more free I became. When I began seeing, that when He looked at me, He did not see the mess of my past, but instead He saw the beauty of who I was; I was able to take off that garment of shame I had been wearing. As I began, not only to have just a head knowledge of His great love for me, but to know and see with my heart, my whole being, from deep inside of me that God truly did love All of me, just the way I was, unconditionally, that allowed me to see that the door to my prison cell called shame was unlocked. I could open it and walk out of that prison and I did. I am free to be all God created me to be. I still have to remind myself of this from time to time when I am hit with a reminder of something that happened in my past, but now I know what to do. I take those feelings of shame, regret, pain, hurt, whatever they may be and lay them in God’s lap and He overtakes them with His love and I can see them disintegrate and be dissolved into nothing. God wants to do this for you. He wants you to break out of your prison of shame, defeat, fear, whatever your prison may be. Open yourself to His great love for you. Ask Him to reveal to
you the depth of His love for you, to give you a new picture of how He sees you, of how great is His love for you. Believe it, receive it fully and accept it. It will change your life. I know this to be true!!

Check out this link of things I say over myself taken from scripture that tells how God sees me.  It has been a great help to me and will be to you also.  Click here.
Sharon Hock

The Hope of the World

HOTW pic                                The hope of the world, where is it?                                  What do we hope for and hope in?

Today, more than ever we must find the source of where our hope comes from.  Our world is filled with many things that can bring us down if we don’t have hope and know where who our hope is in.  It can even cause us to become physically ill.

Proverbs 13:12 says :Hope deferred makes the heart sick,  but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

So, where does our hope come from?

Our hope comes through the promises our Father God gave us and Jesus and what He would do and bring for us was the greatest promise of all.  It’s not in the things that we have around us, nor riches, not in who our friends or family are, but in ALL that God has promised to us through His Word.  I really love how the Message bible describes why we can hope in this.

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Preparing Yourself So You Can Move

This morning I led worship at Zion Covenant in Chambersburg, PA.  I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to lead there the first Sunday of the month on a pretty regular basis for some time now.  The people there are like family.  I love their freedom to worship and the freedom I have been given there to go where the Spirit of God leads in our times of worship. Continue reading

The Story Behind The Songs

A Resting Place

 

Have you ever listened to a song and wondered what inspired the songwriter to choose those  specific words and tune for that song.  There are stories behind the songs you listen to and I wanted to share with you the story behind the title song of my upcoming album “A Resting Place”.

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